Monday is class day and students will all log on at 9am and complete their online work. This can be done at the local church or CS office, or even at the kitchen table; anywhere there is internet access and a comfy seat. Students will be able to interact with one another during this time so their learning is a team effort.
They will break for lunch at 12pm and then continue from 1pm-3pm with course work.
At 4pm students will meet with course facilitator Lucas Bartlett via Google hangouts for a weekly debrief on their internship and how their placements are going. Lucas or Ashleigh Bartlett will be available from 7-9 pm for student support such as essay writing and referencing
Lucas will also be available by appointment throughout the week for support.
Course content is available via an online learning environment, Moodle. Each unit will have an Eastern lecturer to supervise the class and provide assistance with the unit.
CSalt students will be taking their learning to the beach as they volunteer for one weekly event at their local CS mission. This is called their placement. It gives the CSalt student an opportunity to not only learn in theory in the classroom or through stories on our CSalt road trips but to learn in practice whilst getting opportunities to interact with surfers on a weekly basis.
The placement can really be anything CS related. A bible study, contest, a regular camp or even dragging some grom’s out to be part of a soup kitchen. The placement can be discussed and mutually decided on with the CSalt facilitator.
CSalt students will be expected to attend any regional events that don’t conflict with their ‘Road trips’. The idea is to have a chance to learn from experience the further responsibility and commitment that comes with being a regional leader. These may take the form of a regional camp or a regional training day. The cost’s of these events will be partially subsidized from the student contribution fee’s at the discretion of the regional coordinator and the CSalt facilitator.
Phillip Island Feb 26th- March 8th 2018
For their first adventure CSalt students will be travelling to the surfing paradise of Phillip Island on the Victorian southeastern coast.
Here you will enjoy endless beach breaks and long rocky points protected from the sea breeze amidst getting to know each another and getting your stoke on for the year ahead.
During your time in Victoria you will undergo several days of orientation and introduction to Eastern College Australia. This time will give you the study tools to succeed in your course work and also an opportunity to have all of your questions answered in regards to the diploma.
After orientation we will all be piling into cars and head off down the Great Ocean Rd via Bells Beach, the Twelve Apostles and many other iconic locations.
This first “Road Trip” will also be a great opportunity for us to go through the first few units of the CSalt foundations of Surf Mission that has been compiled by Roy Harley our International Director.
CSA National Gathering Bussleton and The WSL Margret River Pro
March 29th- April 13th 2018
The adventure continue way out west where we will all get together with our CS family from around the country at the CSA National Gathering in Busselton. Here will all give a report on how our time is been and what we have been learning so far. We will also be given opportunities to serve and surf throughout the weekend which will make this gathering a memorable one.
After gathering we will be spending some quality time with our National Director as he teaches us about leadership and calling. He will show us some of his favorite local surf spots and share some stories of faith and his life as a surfer on the wild west coast.
We then will head to Margret River with Steve and spend the next week serving at the WSL Margret River pro. This could be putting up tents, handing out rash vest’s or making cups of coffee. All we know is it will be a lot of fun and there will still be plenty of chances to go get some waves.
During this road trip we will be going through the second two units of CS foundations of surf ministry.
New Zealand 20th May- 31st of May
CSalt goes international as we all board a big jet plane and fly to Aotearoa New Zealand that land of the long white cloud. Here will meet up with our kiwi brother Logan Mills who is the National Director for Christian Surfers NZ and board a bus headed for the trip of a lifetime.
The plan is to circumnavigate the north Island hitting amazing surf spots like Raglan, Taranaki and Gisbon. Along the way we will meet many new friends and have opportunities to serve our CS family on their own soil.
We will also have teaching from pastor JD on cultural intelligence and also our own inward journey and outward expression of faith.
This will be a highlight for the year but a warning you may have to pack you hood and booties!
Sydney’s Northern Beaches JPA 2018 September 12th-22nd
The Jesus Pro Am has a long history with both Christian Surfers and the surfing community of Australia. What better opportunity to make it the best JPA yet than by having all the CSalt interns rock up and apply all of their learning at this great event.
After the JPA is finished CSalt students will spend some quality time with Dave Lovell who has been the Regional Coordinator of the NSW central region for 10 years. He is also the facilitator of ‘Groundswell Aid’ Christian Surfers Australia’s compassionate arm. During our time with Dave CSalt students will receive teaching on overseas’s mission and how to not only meet the spiritual needs of a culture but also some of their practical needs.
New Swell Tasmania December 2nd - 10th 2018
The last of our road trips for the year finds us in the deep south on the apple isle of Tasmania. Here CSalt students will be on deck for ‘New Swell’ our national junior leadership training week. The New Swell program is facilitated by Jessi Muir a graduate of the CS Vic internship 2017 and CS Victoria woman’s fieldworker. Brad Kermond is the other facilitator and he is the CS Tasmania fieldworker.
New Swell gathers all of the new up and coming leaders from around the country and gives them a weeklong adventure of a life time. Its also a great way for the CSalt interns to put into practice all they have learned about leadership and serving the new crop of leaders and hopefully potential CSalt students for the next year.
At New Swell we will also have a special graduation ceremony for our students of 2018. I’m sure dancing around a fire and op shop clothes will be a definite.
Csalt is a one year journey that will alter the course of your lifetime. The journey is walked out with amazing learning that is both certified and accredited at university level and also taught through adventure and experience at a heart level.
They’ve helped me to understand the importance of servant leadership, which shapes the values of Christian Surfers.
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